- One of the great love stories of the 2010’s featuring David O. Russell’s trademark rat-a-tat dialogue, the expansive, combative dysfunctional family (part actual family part surrogate), and some of the best acting of 2012.
10 characters standing in the small living—this is certainly the auteur from The Fighter – the tone, the chaos
- If you’re an actor and David O. Russell offers you a part- whether it is the lead or a supporting part with the ninth largest speaking part- take it- there is enough here for not only the brilliant Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (this is the best performance to date from each) but also De Niro (his best work since at least 1997’s Jackie Brown), Jacki Weaver and you can keep going down the line with the cast—one of my favorite scenes is John Ortiz with Cooper and Ortiz’s suffocating speech. Haha. Painfully funny.
- Bradley Cooper plays our central character, Pat, diagnosed bi-polar—often wearing his garbage bag and sweats. He’s abrasive, physical,— throwing the book out of the window at 4am “I will apologize on behalf of Ernest Hemingway”
- Lawrence shows up 25 minutes in—and they are absolutely perfect together—a triumph of casting, chemistry and characterization from Russell
a triumph of casting, chemistry and characterization from Russell
- Russell’s dialogue is masterful— loud and wild—Sorkin certainly doesn’t have a patented at fast-flying clever dialogue. There is shouting, the phone ringing, Led Zeppelin getting turn up on the soundtrack, the doorbell ringing, a dog barking (the Safdie brother are masters at this, years later obviously, doing it over and over again during Uncut Gems)— and then Russell throws in some splice editing of Pat’s past traumatic event
- 10 characters standing in the small living—this is certainly the auteur from The Fighter – the tone, the chaos
- A touching montage- Girl from the North Country by Dylan and Cash as they start falling in love
- A poignant emotional speech (and certainly proof he still has it) by De Niro at Cooper’s bedside at the 75-minute mark
- Highly Recommend- top 10 of the year quality film